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31 May 2016

We are still going to be IP dealmakers, but the deals may look slightly different, says new Ericsson CIPO

In late April Gustav Brismark took over one of the biggest jobs in IP. As the chief IP officer at Ericsson he not only has control of a vast patent portfolio, which is generally accepted to be one of the highest quality stockpiles in cellular communications, but is also in charge of a licensing business that generates more than $1.5 billion in annual revenues. In taking over from Kasim Alfalahi, it’s fair to say that Brismark has big shoes to fill. Alfalahi, who has moved to head up a Read more

Richard Lloyd

31 May 2016

Huawei and TSMC recognised for portfolio quality; Asian companies still bank on US assets despite slowdown

Much has been said of late about the gradual demise of American dominance of the global patent system. A combination of legislative reform, perceived anti-patentee jurisprudence, and an IP-sceptic environment more generally mean that businesses and investors that rely on patents are increasingly turning their attentions to markets such as Europe, where they feel these assets can retain or even improve their value in the foreseeable future. However, recent research suggests that many of Read more

Jack Ellis

30 May 2016

After so much 101 gloom Enfish is a major step in the right direction, says former Microsoft chief patent counsel

The US Court of Appeals recently handed down its decision in Enfish v Microsoft, a case which concerned issues connected to the patentability of software. Unlike many other post-Alice judgments CAFC and lower courts have issued, the Enfish decision looked to be good news for software patent owners. But the extent of that goods news was less clear. In a recent IAM blog, the opinion was mixed. However, Bart Eppenauer - managing partner of the Seattle office of Shook Hardy & Bacon and the Read more

Joff Wild

30 May 2016

For IP service providers Guangdong is a go-to venue as patent monetisation activity increases there

The IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) has announced plans to open its first satellite office in Guangzhou, in the Chinese region of Guangdong. The destination says a lot about where the patent world’s centre of gravity is shifting to. Guangdong is in the south of China and borders Hong Kong. As well as Guangzhou, it is home to the boom town of Shenzhen. Both cities are major manufacturing hubs, but are increasingly known, too, for their technology-based businesses. Over recent years, Read more

Jacob Schindler

29 May 2016

The world's leading private practice patent lawyers and attorneys identified in this year's IAM Patent 1000

The fifth edition of the IAM Patent 1000 2016 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals is now out and available as a fully searchable, free-to-access online resource. The publication identifies and profiles leading private practice patent professionals and firms in the world’s key jurisdictions. It is unique in being a one-stop shop that focuses exclusively on naming best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners on a global basis, as well Read more

Joff Wild

27 May 2016

We will be a very different company in three years’ time, says Spherix CEO after key RPX deal closes

More evidence of a rapidly evolving NPE market came this week in the shape of two announcements from Spherix. The public IP company (PIPCO) which has a slew of Nortel patents in its arsenal, courtesy of two deals with the former Rockstar business, announced on Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with RPX that gives the defensive aggregator’s members a licence to the Spherix portfolio. In return, the NPE will receive $4.355 million in cash and will see the cancellation of the almost Read more

Richard Lloyd

27 May 2016

Intellectual Discovery may be the biggest of the sovereign patent funds, but its activities are the least known

South Korea’s Intellectual Discovery (ID), Japan’s IP Bridge and French outfit France Brevets are typically seen as comprising the first generation of ‘sovereign patent funds’ (SPFs). Loosely defined, these are entities with significant state funding that are dedicated to patent aggregation and exploitation in the pursuit of gaining competitive advantage for their respective countries’ economies. Other SPFs, or comparable vehicles, have been launched, but have Read more

Jack Ellis

26 May 2016

International cooperation is the key to safeguarding the US’s innovation economy, says USPTO Director Lee

The growing level of cooperation between the world’s five biggest patent offices, the IP5, points to a more globalised future for the procurement – if not the enforcement – of patents. Through initiatives such as Global Dossier, the US Patent and Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, the Japan Patent Office, China’s State IP Office and the Korean IP Office have undoubtedly begun the process of developing a harmonised system for patent owners across the world. Read more

Richard Lloyd

26 May 2016

Despite a year of conflict, the EPO is still rated as number one for quality and service by IAM readers

IAM readers have once again given a major vote of confidence to the European Patent Office, with respondents to our annual benchmarking survey putting the office top of the IP5 for patent quality and service. The result repeats the one the office achieved in last year's survey. Published in the latest issue of IAM, the benchmarking survey asked a series of questions relating to the performance of the world’s five largest patent offices: the EPO; the Japan Patent Office (JPO); the Read more

Sara-Jayne Clover

26 May 2016

Huawei's Samsung litigation could end up revealing much about the Chinese company's licensing activities

Huawei’s filing of lawsuits against Samsung Electronics in China and the United States this week – accusing the Korean giant of infringing several of its standard-essential patents (SEPs) relating to 4G and LTE technologies – perhaps shows us that the ‘smartphone wars’ are not quite done just yet. But one of the most intriguing aspects of this latest battlefront is what it may tell us about the extent and sophistication of the Chinese company’s licensing Read more

Jack Ellis

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